New California Law Addresses Dental Benefit Plan Transparency and Accountibility
September 30, 2014
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation into law on Sept. 25 that requires dental insurers to annually disclose how much of patient premiums they spend on dental care. The Affordable Care Act imposed a similar requirement for medical plans but did not include dental insurers.
The California Dental Association helped to pass the new law. While the reporting mandate does not require insurers to spend a certain percentage of premiums on direct dental care, the law does include a provision that declares intent to adopt a formal minimum standard for dental plans by Jan. 1, 2018, based on the data reported.